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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box1/Fold1/1890/6
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday October 1890
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToWilliam Philip ('Will') Schreiner
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The month and year have been written on this letter in an unknown hand.
1 Matjesfontein
2 Tuesday night
4 My dear old Lad,
6 I have been working hard all day correcting proofs, but I want to
7write to you. Thankyou so much for having come to see me. It has made
8Matjesfontein much more valuable to me.
10 I had a splendid week at Pine Grove. The happiest I ever spend in Cape
11Town. Of course its happiness was largely in the loving kindness of
12Fan. She was so good to me, & we seemed to come much nearer eachother
13than ever before.
15 I came back quite a different person. I saw a good deal more of the
16John Reitzes whom I like more & more. I took Mr Fort to see them, & he
17has fallen passionately in love with old Mr Reitz, & has been twice to
18see him since I left. Dear old Harry Gie & every one was so good to me,
19 & I went several times to Government House. I am getting to love Lady
almost. When they past here yesterday she came to see my little
21rooms, & was so tender, almost motherly to me, & asked me if I would
22let her come up by herself & spend a few days alone with me here. And
23when she was going out she turned & said "I shall always be glad to
24think I’ve been in the little room where you do your work?" It touched
25me so because I have never seen her really unreadable before. Sand was
26here when I came back on Saturday Sunday. He has invited me to go &
27spend a week with them next month. He says Mrs Sand has always been
28wanting him to write & invite me, so I’ve promised to go. I can’t help
29liking Sand. If he wants to be kind to you he is so very kind & gentle.
30 Rhodes came up with me on the same train. I did not see him because
31as soon as I got here I jumped out & ran over here & he had breakfast
32at Logans.
34 Have you had enough news? I think this the most newsy letter I ever
35wrote in my life.
37 Are you all right after your fall. Are you fit? Has the change done
38you good?
40 Yours little sis
41 Olive
The proofs referred to are likely to be are those of Dreams, published in November 1890.